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Date: 3 June 2022 (Friday) Time: 11:00am – 12:00noon Venue: JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Registration: required, free Curated by our alumni-cum-Tai Kwun’s associate curator Erin Li, emo gym acted as the artistic platform for seven Hong Kong artists to showcase their recent if not the latest works that inquire into their existential feelings during a time of uncertainty and loss. Participants followed Erin through the exhibition and listened to her sharing (with the wireless receivers) about the concept behind each individual work. The rich variety of sensory experience, manifested and encouraged brilliantly by many works on display, addressed both the mental (emo) and physical (gym) aspect, as well as the vulnerability and resilience of humans and human relationships. Erin also shared with us some of her curatorial anecdotes about the planning process, the installation, and the pandemic impact. The one hour went by so quickly and before we left, we found ourselves in JC Cube, at the bottom of a spiral staircase, all gazing up and our mind lifted by the singing. Mesmerized by this last work of the tour, and touched by the overall care that artists and curator put into the exhibition, we could not be more grateful to have spent our Dragon Boat Festival morning there. Feedback "It is a joy to resume our art activities with a curator-led tour to an exhibition that attempts to soothe our troubling emotions accumulated from the past few years. The show was well thought out, beautifully executed and shine light on our many local talents." "An insightful exhibition tour allowing viewers to perceive the messages of artworks that have resonance for us."  

Date: 30 April 2022 (Saturday) Time: 10:30am – 11:30am (HK time) Venue: Online (zoom) Registration: required, free Museums in town had been closed for months and the cancelling of our museum visit back in January was then turned into this online talk. To help individuals form their own views when they encounter contemporary Chinese art, our guest speaker, Dr Angie Chang Baecker (Lecturer, Department of Art History, The University of Hong Kong) offers us her knowledge about the field, looking closely at the exhibition “From Revolution to Globalization” and the significance of the Sigg collection at M+ museum. She situated the show in the converging spatial complexes for contemporary art represented by the museum, and discussed how the exhibition’s reception has highlighted some of the contradictions inherent to the display of the Sigg collection.

Date: 19 January 2022 (Wednesday) Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm (HK time) Venue: Online via Zoom Webinar Registration: required, free Originally planned as a hybrid talk, the event had to go online due to the tightened social distancing measures on campus, but we were delighted that over 90 participating individuals, local and abroad, were able to join the occasion. Our speaker Dr. Roslyn Hammers kindly endured the changes and gave a celebratory talk that brought in the felicitous Lunar New Year of the Tiger. Focusing on the representation of the tiger from early days to pre-Ming, she pointed out various roles of the tiger and related feline friends in Chinese painting and other media. The tiger, initially regarded as a fierce and terrifying foe, he or she could also be enlisted to serve as a protective guardian with apotropaic properties in art. The tiger appeared as a symbol emblazoned on paintings, clothing, doorways, tomb walls, and other places, visually lending his power to those who sought it. Her talk took a lighthearted look at the beauty of the tiger while at the same time considered the reconfigurations of its ferocity, a quality that is at the core of the tiger’s power and status as the king of the animals. This event is co-organised by HKUFAAA and the University’s Department of Art History Feedback "Thank you for such an interesting chat. Have a wonderful year of Tiger!" "Great talk, Roz."

Date: 20 November 2021 (Saturday) Time: 11:30am – 12:30noon Venue: Start Art Gallery, 508, K11 MUSEA, Tsim Sha Tsui Registration: required, free A private tour of an exhibition showing NFT art by five Hong Kong artists took place on a Saturday morning. The five artists are Evangeline "Mooncasket" Chan, Ophelia Jacarini, Kwok Mang-ho a.k.a “Frog King”, Rainbow Tse, Natalie Wong a.k.a. “Papersneaker. Their new works exemplified artistic energy unleashed by a technology which allows for the authentication of digital art. The tour was hosted by our alumni Enid Tsui (Art Editor, South China Morning Post), and joining her on the day to share their creative journeys were “Frog King” and Rainbow Tse. Frog King’s NFT is a video comprising of his performances in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Rainbow’s NFT is a digital painting of a familiar sight in Hong Kong, a pharmacy that stays open till late. A 3D virtual sculpture by Opehlia Jacarini was also in display as a hologram in a special frame. As we learned from the tour, several of the artists minted NFTs for the first time and it was a great learning experience for everyone. Just as conceptual art has re-defined art in the past century, experimentation with the new NFT technology has prompted a re-think over the relationship between physical art and digital art. Feedback "Much appreciated! Frog King was special and good. Finally I could see this legendary artist in person." Alel Thallemer "Thank you for organising the tour ! I enjoyed learning more about this new art trend and how artists are experimenting with it ! I believe it as important to understand art history as to learn about its future." Christy Cheung  

Date: 2 September 2021  Time: 11am-12:00pm Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art Registration: required, free “Art of the South Nanling: A Selection of Guangdong Painting from the Hong Kong Museum of Art" was an exhibition that showcased 80 Chinese paintings from the Hong Kong Museum of Art collection by artists from Guangdong from the late Ming dynasty to the 20th century. It surveyed the development of the regional painting style and its influence on Hong Kong modern ink art. The association organized a visit and the curator of the exhibition gave special remarks onsite.  

Period: 22-29 August, 2021 Venue: Online via Zoom Registration: by invitation, free When new students feel they are part of a learning community, they become more motivated to engage and learn. Co-organised with the Department of Art History, we had our inaugural week-long meeting sessions for alumni and students before school began. This meet-up was encouraged though not mandatory. Students participating in the meeting sessions found it useful to hear from helpful alumni sharing their study experiences so they could better prepare for their master programme.   Feedback "I expected the event to be an opportunity to understand the expectations of the course [and the] study environment, to ask questions and get to know faculty. The event met my expectations and made me feel more confident and prepared for classes to begin."

Date: 24 July 2021  Time: 11am-12:30pm Venue: Online via Zoom Webinar/ CPD2.42, Centennial Campus, HKU Registration: required for both face-to-face and online options, free Our Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Kathleen Wyma, shared her expert insights on “Biennales” with audience both in person and online on July 24, 2021. Dr. Wyma’s thought-provoking talk stimulated interesting discussions, exchange of ideas, and raised questions like whether the art world is becoming more spectacularized for consumption, or the world flattening to a more globalized connectedness. In looking at exhibitions precedents that dated to the nineteenth century, Dr Wyma helped us understand the ‘why’ including the contexts for contemporary art. She also shared her personal experience with the Kochi Biennale in India as an example of the biennales of the periphery. The event was co-organised by HKUFAAA and the University’s Department of Art History, and supported by the HKU Museum Society. Feedback "I enjoyed the talk this morning very much. It was very informative and thought provoking." "The talk is really enjoyable and informative, it would be great to have one or two more talks by Dr. Wyma on similar subjects to make it into a contemporary art talk series, would like to learn more." "I’ve actually been waiting for Dr Wyma to open her Biennale course for a long time - I think the last time she opened I was still in Year 1 - so I was really excited for this talk " "Kathleen is a very passionate speaker and educator. There’s so much to learn!" "The talk was very insightful… looking forward to more talks and events from the Alumni Association!"

  Date: 17 July 2021 Time: 14:30-16:00 Venue: Hong Kong Open Printshop, JCCAC Registration: required, $100 (member), $200 (non-member) Inspired by the two exhibitions at Hong Kong Heritage Museum, “20/20 Hong Kong Print Art Exhibition” and "Between the Lines – The Legends of Hong Kong Printing" (open until 26 July 2021), HKUFAAA organized a practical session for our members and friends at Hong Kong Open Printshop. It aimed to let participants experience letterpress and printmaking with HKOP artist and Programme Manager, Wong Lok-wan Loraine. In a studio setting, participants were introduced to various printing tools and techniques. After the demonstration, all participants took turn to print a postcard home!     Feedback "Thanks for the workshop! Had a great time there :)" "We enjoyed it very much! Thanks a lot for your coordination."

Date: 12 July 2021 Time: 4pm-5:30pm Venue: JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Registration required, free Jill Chun, assistant curator of "Ink City", and Michelle Wong, guest curator of "Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys," kindly offered us their time to talk to our members and friends on their current exhibitions at Tai Kwun, when the galleries were closed to the public. "Ink City" was a visual feast, showcasing a wide range of art works that challenge the medium ink or the idea of ink art. Next door, "Portals, Stories, and Other Journeys" literally functioned like a portal to the fascinating world of AAA’s Ha Bik Chuen Archive. Years of archival and curatorial hard work was shown through. Audience got to see how local artists approached and responded to the archive, and by engaging with these archival materials and art works in various ways, participants got to experience and complete the project themselves.   Feedback "The exhibition tour provides a precious opportunity to talk to the curators. It is inspiring to listen to the curatorial stories and challenges behind two very different exhibitions: Ink City and Ha Bik Chuen Archive. It is also a good chance to connect with other Art History Alumni. Thanks HKUFAAA for the wonderful arrangement!"  

Date: 3 July 2021 Time: 10:30am-12noon Venue: Online (zoom) Registration: required, free Host: Ms. Nicole Fung and Mr. Mike Wong   Alumni speakers: Dr. Chan Chunwa (Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, HKU) Ms. Madeline Lai (Project Coordinator, Art Museum CUHK) Ms. Carman Lau (MAAH Administrator, Department of Art History, HKU) Ms. Erin Li (Assistant Curator, Tai Kwun) Ms. Angel Yip (Assistant Curator II Chinese Antiquities, Hong Kong Museum of Art) Graduation is exciting but it may also be daunting. We understand the possible difficulties in getting the very first job in the art field, because we have been through it. Young alumni were invited to share with current and graduating Fine Arts students their unique career path. It was fascinating to listen to all their "complicated stories" as each had explored many different parts of the industry (eg. commercial, non-profit, archival, curatorial, educational, people-based, programme-based, object-based etc). Volunteering, internships, and part-time jobs might not come with fancy titles or promising contract terms at first, but to our speakers, these experiences opened one door after another, and enabled them to figure out who they wanted to be, and eventually added up to make them who they are now. Feedback "All the speakers were packed with information. I especially appreciated the detailed sharings about their daily tasks and their thought processes behind changing from one job to another. Thanks again for organizing this." "Thank you for holding the session today! It was nice to see so many people in the industry sharing their experiences